Governor Should Have Authority to Sus...

Governor Should Have Authority to Suspend Indicted Officials

There are 2 comments on the story from Nov 11, 2009, titled Governor Should Have Authority to Suspend Indicted Officials. In it, reports that:

Lincoln County taxpayers are footing the bill for a lawsuit that seeks to have the sheriff of Lincoln County removed from office because of alleged wrongdoing including lying, mismanagement and obstruction of justice.

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B Wilson

Hickory, NC

#1 Nov 20, 2009
Alleged? What ever happened to innocent until PROVEN guilty? This is still America that last time I checked. How can anyone think it's right to have someone ousted from their position and their income taken away before he is or isn't convicted of a crime? Wake up Lincolnton and read the bill of rights. The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads, in part, "No person shall be ... deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law ..."
What this means, in plain terms, is that constitutionally you cannot be executed, imprisoned, or fined without the proper course of justice taking place.As you found out, due process, itself, is not defined in the constitution, but is universally recognized as meaning what we term as "a fair trial."
Going forward from there, a fair trial by a jury of one's peers requires that the jurors approach the case with the thought that the prosecution is required to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Since the trial begins with the prosecution not having introduced a single piece of evidence, it follows that a defendant must be innocent, until proven guilty.
So, have some patience and let the courts make their ruling before you make judgment on this man.

United States

#2 Nov 21, 2009
It may be a waist of taxpayers money also.
(not the first time it has happen and sure not the last time either)
I agree with what you are saying. Let one of the mouthy people find themselves in the same predictment one day,karma can kick butt!

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